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JESSUP, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Maryland State Police Department is warning residents in the Baltimore area, especially in Howard County of a scam caller, who pretends to be with the state police and demands money.

Police said Wednesday, the caller has been demanding money and telling residents they will be arrested if the payment is not made.

According to authorities, the calls started happening around 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. A dozen plus people received calls from a male caller, who pretended to be from the Maryland State Police Department. Authorities said, the Waterloo Barrack phone number shows up when the scam caller makes the calls.

The caller will either speak with the residents directly or leave a message claiming the residents owe money for outstanding court fines, traffic offenses and other things, authorities said.

Maryland State Police would like to remind residents that the department does not contact people and demand money. The incident is being investigated.

The 410-799-2101 phone number is still the working barrack phone number. Anyone who received a call from this suspect is urged to contact the barrack and report the incident. A criminal investigation is underway.

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